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The overall goal of the Land Systems Group is to advance the understanding of terrestrial social-ecological systems where humans interact with the environment through land use. We analyze the multiple repercussions of the changes in land use on human welfare, food production, carbon dynamics, and biodiversity, as well as the effects of socioecological changes on land use. We approach these issues through quantitative and qualitative assessments alike and combine approaches from social and natural sciences at different spatial scales.

Specifically, we work with spatially explicit methods that include econometric modeling, quantitative geography, crop growth modeling, remote sensing, data mining, and simulation modeling. The current geographic focus of the research group are the countries of the former Soviet Union, China, and Southeast Asia.



15 June 2022

IAMO publishes climate analyses for agriculture in Southern Caucasus and Ukraine

IAMO conducted a study on climate change in Southern Caucasus on behalf of the German Sparkassenstiftung for International Cooperation and now makes the results available with comprehensive interactive map material.

Climate change is already posing...

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20 April 2022

New Paper published in the Environmental Research Letters

In a new paper we show how global climate oscillations affect precipitation in the Tian-Shan and Pamir Mountains in Central Asia. Particularly important for seasonal precipitation in the region are the El Niño–Southern Oscillation, the Pacific...

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28 March 2022

Daniel Müller contributed as lead author to the 10 Must Know in Biodiversity Science 2022

Daniel Müller contributed as lead author to the 10 Must Know in Biodiversity Science 2022. This stick-taking exercise was organized and coordinated by the Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity (

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